Currently, the only treatment for Celiac Disease (CD) is strict adherence to a gluten-free (GF) diet. Individuals on a GF diet quickly become adept at scrutinizing foods for hidden gluten. With dietary adherence, the damaging effect of gluten on the intestines is halted. Intestinal healing is followed by improved nutrient absorption and frequently weight gain. Once gastrointestinal function is normalized, the person with CD should be evaluated for risks that plague the population in general.
With improved absorption and possibly weight gain, previously masked risk factors may appear. Even more CD specific evidence echoes the risk warning identifying cardiovascular diseases as the leading cause of death in both men and women with CD (1).
Early cardiovascular risk identification and preventive nutrition efforts are an investment in health maintenance as well as a mechanism to control future healthcare costs.
Heart Health and Celiac Disease